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Instant Asset Write Off

Royal Assent was given on 6 April 2019 to the amended Instant Asset Write Off legislation.

What does this mean?

The Instant Asset Write Off allows business to bring forward depreciation and claim the purchase cost in full in the year it has been purchased (assuming its cost is less than the maximum limit depending on the period it was purchased). So instead of claiming between 15% – 66.6% each year until its value is nil, you claim 100% in year 1 of the asset.

The instant asset write-off now also includes businesses with a turnover from $10 million to less than $50 million.

How much and what period?

Date rangeThreshold for Each Asset
7:30pm (AEDT) 02/04/2019 to 30/06/2020 You can immediately deduct the business portion of most depreciating assets costing less than $30,000 each
29/01/2019 to before 7.30pm (AEDT) 02/04/2019 You can immediately deduct the business portion of most depreciating assets costing less than $25,000 each
7.30pm (AEST) 12/05/2015 to 28/01/2019 You can immediately deduct the business portion of most depreciating assets costing less than $20,000 each
01/01/2014 to prior to 7.30pm (AEST) 12/05/2015 $1,000.00
01/07/2012 to 31/12/2013 $6,500.00
01/07/2011 to 30/06/2012 $1,000.00

How much can I claim?

First of all, if you use the asset for private use at all, you will need to work out that amount or percentage and subtract that portion. The remainder (cost – private use) will be considered the taxable component and is deductible. Private use is not deductible.

Note, while the taxable component is deductible, the entire cost of the asset cannot exceed the threshold.

Also, if you are not registered for GST, then the entire cost of the asset cannot exceed the threshold. But if you are registered for GST, then the entire cost cannot exceed the threshold + GST as the cost for taxation purposes is the net value (Total cost – GST indicated on invoice).

Additionally, if you later sell or dispose of the asset for which you claimed an instant asset write-off, you include the taxable portion of the amount you received in the sale of the asset, in your assessable income. This is because you have already taken depreciation into account, so the entire sale value (less GST if applicable) is the gain on disposal.

Exclusions – What you cannot claim

The following assets are specifically excluded from the simplified depreciation rules and therefore the Instant Asset Write-Off however, you can use the general depreciation rules to claim a deduction for the following depreciating assets:

Be mindful

If you would like to purchase a motor vehicle for business purposes, there may be other implications you will need to consider such as Fringe Benefits Tax and GST. Chat to the Accountants at GJ North & Associates on 08 9434 9035 for more detailed information re motor vehicles, FBT and other implications.

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